Is making a Will complicated
Making a Will is a relatively simple process, which will involve a solicitor walking you through the steps. You will normally need a list outlining the key things you own and who you would like these to be left to, along with the current addresses of these people. This process will often only require one appointment with your solicitor.
You can also visit our Will Planner for further help in completing your Will.
How can I leave a gift in my Will for Hourglass?
Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your Will to Hourglass. Hourglass can be included in your Will in the same way as any other beneficiary. You should include our charity name, address and registered charity number. To make this easier, you might consider using this wording:
I leave [amount] to:
Hourglass (Safer Ageing) Ltd,
Unit 5 Stour Valley Business Centre,
Registered charity number: 1140543 and SC046278, for its general charitable purposes absolutely.
I already have a Will, can I update it to include Hourglass?
Yes! You can do this, and make other small changes, using a document known as a Codicil. A Codicil is a document used to amend a Will, which prevents you having to re-write it. This must still be witnessed just as writing your Will was, but it can be cheaper and quicker than completely re-writing it. Please contact us to find out more about Codicil documents.
I want to write my Will, but I’m not sure what to do?
Making a Will is a straightforward process, which will involve a solicitor walking you through the steps. You will normally need a list outlining the key things you own and who you would like these to be left to, along with the current addresses of these people. This process will often only require one appointment with your solicitor. You can also visit our Will Planner for further help in completing your Will.
How frequently should I update my Will?
It is generally a good idea to update your Will after any major life event (such as buying a new house), or otherwise revisiting it every five years. It is worth noting that if you marry after writing your Will, you will need to write a new one, as marriage legally invalidates any pre-existing Will.
Who can I choose as executor(s)?
An executor(s) are the people named in a Will who are legally responsible for carrying out the instructions left in the Will. It is therefore a good idea to choose people you trust, and who are good with paperwork. It is recommended that you have two executors, as although you may legally have up to four, this can complicate things and be difficult to manage. An executor must be an adult (aged over 18), and may include people who benefit from your Will. You can also appoint a professional to act as your executor, but this will normally incur a charge.
Download Our Will Planner
To ensure you get the most from meeting with your solicitor when discussing your Will, we have put together a checklist. It’s important you gather your thoughts and have an idea of whom you’d like to benefit in your Will. This guide can be used as a reference in your meeting, but please note it is NOT a legal document and is not a substitute for a valid Will. Download the planner HERE
We know your legacy is important to you and giving a gift to Hourglass through your Will is very much appreciated. It will enable us to continue to campaign for safer ageing for all and help those older people who have been victims of abuse.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about leaving a gift in your Will to Hourglass, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0207 7890 274